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Old 01-01-2007, 01:02 PM   #81
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I thought that I had the patent on those gloves, apparently my paperwork is only for the other hand, if your glove gets lonely I can send more custom convertable gloves.

Les;

I like the portability of the 110v suitcase welders for sheetmetal and fit and tack operations and have had lots of sucess with them especially if you upgrade to the gas option. I currently have a Hobart 210 that I'm happy with, it requires 220v 50Aand is big enuff that its not a portable welder, although I do run it on my generator and take it wherever, it's mostly a dedicated shop machine. I use supermix gas CO2 Argon and 1%Helium, CO2 and Argon works good for most applications and the helium gives me SS capabilities by just changing the wire.

Recommendation for an advanced homeowner/skoolie project would be;
1- major brand name, Miller and Hobart are under the same corp, Lincoln, and ESAB are the other major players in this part of the country.
2- talk to your local welding supply houses, find out who is going to be most helpful and what products (brands) they handle, do they fill or exchange gas cylinders, who pays to hydro test the bottles? etc. My supplier sold me the bottles , no monthly rental fees, exchanges empties for fulls with at least 6 years to test date(usually new), and is a servicing dealer for my machine.
3- You probably need/want something in the 150a range, 30to40% duty cycle(3 to 4 minuites out of 10 at max capacity) with shielding gas, look for a package deal,welder cart,gloves, helmet,gas cylinder, basic consumables,etc. (cylinders are sold empty)
4- Shop around, just make sure to compare apples to apples, I found my best deal at Tractor Supply and then went to the welding supply for all consumables and support.
5- Take an adult ed welding course thru the local school system, the instructors contacts are worth as much as the actual coursework.
6- Welding is 10% knowledge and 90% practice, get your face in there and watch what you are doing. I,m old school and use a small window helmet with a #11 gold lense, paint the outside of the helmet white or silver to reflect the heat and wear a carbon filter resperator for lung health.
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:13 PM   #82
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Oh boy! Another thread highjack! Sorry Elliot.

Paul, thanks for all that. As soon as I translate it to English I'll be good to go! Seriously, it points me at the things I need to research and learn.

I've been looking at the Hobart Handler 140; not quite to your 150a spec but close enough?
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:14 PM   #83
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I just gave him my standard answer: "Oh no, there is no welding here. It is all assembled with a type of hot glue called... "slag"."
I love that!
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:39 PM   #84
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That's the machine i was thinking, I just did'nt want to apear to opinionated, because that becomes judgemental,and that's not pc.
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Old 01-01-2007, 04:25 PM   #85
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I should be drilling rivets, but it is too noisy out there. The nice little old lady across
the street is vacuuming her yard with a giant bagpipe-looking Suck-O-Luxe
-- so her yapping schnauzers can have a clean comfortable place to poop.

I’m getting ready to TRY to install some new skin on Millicent. And for once I’ll try
to economize and re-purpose by using some old aluminum sheets that I already
have. And I may be able to get more. These are remnants from trailer roofs that
have been installed at work. About .050 thick. They are dented, but maybe I can
put the worst dents where the windows will go. We’ll see. I’m done with the
planning (The Lift itself) and winging it. (I bet that Filon isn’t cheap.)


To get a reasonably smooth surface for the new skin, the outside plates on the
window pillars have to go. Just a few rivets and they fall off. I’m also taking out
all the rivets along the top of the rub rail. The new skin will go behind that rail,
eliminating the need to cut the sheet straight and pretty.

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Old 01-01-2007, 05:42 PM   #86
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Yeeehah! Cutoff blade in Skilsaw sliced thru that aluminum sheet like paper.
(Where have I heard that expression before?) I didn’t doubt that it would cut,
but was afraid it would be an awful tangle. Those big sheets are a handful just
to move around. So I clamped the work between two full sheets of plywood with
a bunch of ballast on top and used the plywood to guide the saw. Nothing to it.
I just saved myself hundreds of dollars -- a Grand if we have enough remnants
at work.

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Yes! dumpster diving is an honorable pasttime, especially if you know what kinds of things might be there
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What the heck is in the channel of the pillar here?



Ewwww....

Man, that pillar is a dead ringer for those on my bus, wonder if they buy the material from the same place? The only difference I see is that the outside plates on my Thomas are held in place with screws rather than riveted.

Over to the Illusion thread...
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The ewwwwwy stuff is fiberglass insulation -- what's left of it.
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But, yes, I did consider inventing a more colorful description for it! :P
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